Time to get ready for fall sports practice

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The new coats of paint at Moffat County High School have dried and the grass is freshly cut. All that is missing are the student athletes.

Monday some of those athletes will be back.

The football team has a non-mandatory camp next week at 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and the boys golf team starts practice at 7 a.m. Monday at the Yampa Valley Golf Course. All other high school sports and activities are scheduled to begin on Monday, Aug. 15.

From now until then, Moffat County Athletic Director Jim Loughran wants athletes to know what paperwork needs to be completed before they can practice.

"Without a physical, an athlete can't practice," he said. "There is no exception."

In addition to the physical form, a form showing proof of insurance and parental consent must be filled out. Both forms are available the high school athletic office and the Craig Middle School office.

There also are several fee changes for the school district this year. Activity passes are increasing from $40 to $60. The activity fee is increasing from $25 to $40 per sport, per participant. The most that one family will pay to have athletes in sports is $200, which only counts toward high school sports. In previous years, middle school activities could be counted toward the cap.

"The costs to run our programs continue to increase," Loughran said. "Because of that, we have to increase what we charge to help finance our programs."

There will be an information meeting for parents of student athletes in any high school sport at 7 p.m. Aug. 15 at the high school.

That meeting is a good time to pay fees and complete paperwork.

"We want to get off to a good start," Loughran said. "Then we'll break off and let the fall coaches talk to parents."

The high school athletics office will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. for questions or to get forms.

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